Webber wants PSR powers expanded

FORMER Professional Services Review (PSR) director Dr Tony Webber has told a Senate inquiry the watchdog’s powers should be expanded so it can take on corporate practices.

While appearing before the inquiry into the processes of PSR committees last week, Dr Webber told senators the “corporatisation of medicine” had changed it forever, while Medicare still operated on the “honour system” and legislation had struggled to keep pace.

“No other system allows the recipient of commonwealth funds to determine the level of their remuneration,” he said. “[The legislation] has come to resemble a fridge covered with sticky notes, while Medicare is relatively understaffed and has difficulty attracting medical staff.

“This has resulted in many areas of pretty blatant abuse of the Medicare system over the years.”

Dr Webber said he welcomed the inquiry as a way of “airing the washing”

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